Make Your Own Herbal Tea

Make Your Own DIY Herbal Tea

Some argue that herbal tea isn't technically tea, since it doesn't come from the right plant. Herbal tea sounds a lot better than hot herb water, but that's essentially what it is. And if you have some herbs on hand, you can easily make your own.

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If you have fresh herbs or spices you've used for cooking, tea is a great way to use the leftovers. Epicurious explains just how easy it is to skip the teabags and make it yourself:

Just break off a 2-inch branch of a fresh herb (basil, thyme, mint, or rosemary are especially good here), a couple strips of citrus zest (removed with a vegetable peeler), or whole sweet spices (like cardamom, cinnamon, or clove) into your mug. Then pour in just-boiled water and steep for a few minutes, stir in a bit of honey if you like and start sipping.

It's that easy. They have some additional steps for using dried herbs and make-ahead blends, and you can check out the full post for those.

How to Make DIY Herbal Tea, Anytime You Want It [Epicurious]


    Here's a handy lifehack: Refer to hot drinks that are like tea but not tea as infusions.

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    Last edited 03/03/15 9:12 am

    As well as the infusion name @drbatman mentioned, they are known as tisanes, which I believe is the proper name.

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